• 2017 Acura RDX Driving

    What is All-Wheel Drive With Intelligent Control?

    All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Control is one of the Acura RDX’s defining features, one that lets it perform above and beyond your expectations. The Acura RDX itself is a keen vision of authoritative yet engaging control, and you’ll find that it responds with an agility that’s incredibly rare within the crossover SUV segment. Here’s just a quick look at what makes AWD with Intelligent Control so special.

AWD with Intelligent Control Explained

Like all AWD systems, the Acura RDX’s revolutionary system has been designed to optimize traction through dry or slippery conditions. What makes it so innovative is the ability to turn that all-weather capability towards increased efficiency and performance by intelligently varying power distribution.

  • During standard cruising, you’ll be effectively operating as a FWD vehicle with 100% of engine torque directed to the front wheels.

  • During moderate acceleration or when front wheel slip is detected, up to 40% of engine torque can be transferred to the rear wheels for enhanced control and power.

  • During rain or on any slippery surface, torque can be distributed 50/50 between the front and rear wheels to prevent any wheel slippage.

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Power and Efficiency

Acura RDX Driving

Each new RDX calls upon up to 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque from a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine, which features:

  • Variable Cylinder Management: Certain cylinders are shut off at cruising speed to increase highway fuel efficiency.

  • Lightweight Construction: Boasting all-aluminum construction, a hollow camshaft, and several further weight-saving innovations, the engine is considerably lighter than in previous generations.

  • Drive-by-Wire Throttle System: Adjusts throttle sensitivity automatically according to varying driving conditions, keeping things smooth and responsive at all times.

Such refinements allow the Acura RDX to perform like a born athlete, all while achieving:

  • Up to 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway* with FWD.

  • Up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway* with AWD.

Such efficiency makes it as fit for short trips between Oak Brook and Tinley Park as for cross-country treks.

Experience AWD with Intelligent Control Today

Taking the 2017 Acura RDX out for a spin should put any further questions concerning AWD with Intelligent Control to rest. If you’d like to arrange a test drive, simply contact us today or visit our showroom — you’ll find us in Orland Park.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

Joe Rizza Acura 41.6027597, -87.8178838.